The Hemkund lake is a beautiful, awe-inspiring lake surrounded by seven snow-clad peaks, and nourished by glaciers from Saptrishi peaks and Hathi Parvat.

The word Hemkund is derived from Sanskrit words Hem ("Snow") and Kund ("bowl") and unsurprisingly, the lake is covered by ice for most parts of the year. It is at an elevation of 4,160 meters (13,648 feet). Trekkers often visit Hemkund because of its serene atmosphere, beautiful views, less crowd, and amazing travel experience.

The Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, the famous shrine of Sikhs, and the Lakshman temple are situated along the banks of the lake which adds beauty to this place. This place of worship and pilgrimage site in Uttarkhand is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru.

Hemkund is religiously significant to the Sikhs, who climb up the beaten path to bathe in the glacial, chilly waters of the lake before visiting the gurudwara. The unique design and construction of the gurudwara are acclaimed as marvels, both of which have borne the test of sustainability over the past many decades.

Hemkund is inaccessible from October through April because of snowbound paths and glaciers. So Sikh devotees arrive in May and start clearing the path covered with snow as part of their 'kar seva' (selfless service), a concept which forms an important tenet of the Sikh faith.

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